Neighbors Cite Builder's Site This Is a Business in a Home, but Not a Home Business
Magee, Keri, The Florida Times Union
JACKSONVILLE -- A construction company has been cited for
illegally operating a business office in The Woods housing
development, according to city zoning officials, and some
residents are fed up with the traffic.
"They are conducting business in a residential area," said
Cindy Ramalko, who lives across the street from the office.
"Sometimes there are eight to 10 cars wrapped around our cul de
"I have an 8-year-old daughter and I refuse to let her play
outside because the traffic is horrendous. It's very upsetting."
The house that contains the Jacksonville operations of
Intervest Construction Inc. is about a year old. When it was
built, neighbors assumed it would be a model home, and would
soon be sold as a residence. But they realized after a few
months that ICI had established an office that was being visited
regularly by contractors and subcontractors, real estate
personnel and people shopping for homes, Ramalko and neighbors
Frances Rowland and Gail Wilson said.
"We're retired. You buy in a cul de sac hoping for peace and
quiet," Frances Rowland said. "Half of the time we couldn't get
out of our driveways."
The Jacksonville Building and Zoning department cited Intervest
Construction Inc. on June 27 for using a single-family dwelling
as a business office in a residential zone and filed a complaint
with the code enforcement board on July 9, said Claude Bagwell,
chief of building and zoning.
Bagwell said this is not the first time his office has dealt
with Intervest. The company was cited in March 1995 for
illegally operating a business office in the Windsor Park
subdivision. The case never went before the code enforcement
board because the company relocated in August 1995, according to
Sandy Griffis, office manager at ICI's office at 1804 Vine
Branch Drive West in The Woods, said she was not aware the
company was breaking the law. When asked about the Windsor Park
citation, she said, "I don't know anything about that."
ICI Vice President Charlene Irland said the company is aware of
the zoning violations and is taking steps to move the
Jacksonville office from The Woods. Meanwhile, she said, the
company will try to minimize the traffic and parking problems
associated with the office.
"We don't want the neighbors upset with what they perceive as
more than residential activity in their community," Irland said.
"We're making a commitment to be out within a certain number of
months. I don't know what that number is," she added. "Obviously
you can't just pick up and move. We are working on a relocation
Irland said she was not aware the company had been cited for
similar zoning violations in Windsor Park.
Griffis said she was unaware of any citations or communications
with Jacksonville's zoning or code enforcement officials. …